Kate Ryder never disappoints when it comes to romantic suspense novels. Beneath Cornish Skies weaves magic and touches at heartstrings whilst giving you the feeling of empowerment to start over.
Cassandra Shaw seems is living a perfect, wonderful life with her wealthy and very handsome boyfriend David in South Downs, Sussex. They live in a beautiful house with a lavish lifestyle; Cassie is not expected to work and anything she wants David provides yet with all that she has she feels empty and is lost within her abilities and self-doubt is consuming her.
David is controlling and dominant which adds to her insecurities, she feels as though she is treated more like the help than a loving a partner, when she finds out David has cheated on her Cassie knows she must move on.
Cassie sees an advertisement for a housekeeper in a rambling manor on the North East coast of Cornwall she applies and is successful. Her journey of self-discovery begins as she settles into Foxcombe Manor.
The work for the young family is gruelling but also very rewarding. As Cassie explores the area she begins to feel secure and safe in her new surrounds; connecting with the history of the area, nature and scenery with dramatic vistas of stark landscapes and imposing cliffs that have a magical, mystique feel to them.
When Cassie meets Luke, a neighbour of the manor she is not thinking about romance as she is exploring who she is without David. But, as she spends more time with Luke she is captivated by his stories of the Cornwall area and a deep friendship is forged that leads to courtship.
I loved how Cassie came out of her shell and found her spark in life; it was fun to see her story unfold, you could literally feel her character glow. Learning to walk away from people and situations that threaten your peace of mind, self-respect, values, morals or self-worth is hard to do and I loved how this novel encapsulated this.
This was a delightful book of romance with a touch of history about Cornwall and other main characters that you will fall in love with. I highly recommend it.
Thanks to Beauty and Lace for the opportunity to read and review.
ISBN: 9781800243811 / Publisher: Head of Zeus / Harper Collins
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